Rialto, CA

Rialto, CA        909-303-6566

Rialto, CA is a city that is found in San Bernardino County, California in the US. It’s estimated total population was 99,171 in the 2010 census. The city is home to a few major regional companies that include, Staples Inc, Target, Under Armour, and Toys “R” Us.

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Brief History

The city has a rich and fascinating history. Ancient artifacts discovered by archaeologists suggest that what is now the city of Rialto was settled before 1500.

Such artifacts, now found at the Rialto Historical Society, indicate that the Serrano Indians lived in the Rialto area between 1500 and 1800 AD.

However, there is no indication as to where these Native Americans went or why.

An adobe building from the early 19th century which was used for many purposes over the years, is the oldest building still standing in Rialto. The building stands restored in Bud Bender Park, formerly known as “Lilac Park”. The City of Rialto leases the house and a small portion of park land to the Rialto Historical Society for $1 annually.

Rialto’s population growth had increased to 3,156 by 1950. In 1956 the population soared to 15,359. By 1964 it showed an increase to 23,290 and 33,500 in 1978. Rialto is 4 miles (6.4 km) wide and 8.5 miles (13.7 km) long. Rialto’s population grew from 80,000 in 1994 to over 91,873 in 2000.


Rialto is home to four major regional distribution centers. They include Staples Inc., which serves stores across the entire West Coast of the United States. Also, the Toys “R” Us, Under Armour and Target in the northern region of the city, in the Las Colinas community.

One of the United States’ largest fireworks companies, Pyro Spectaculars, is also headquartered in Rialto.Fontana carpet cleaners


The city is served by the Rialto Unified district school.

It has a Christian School called Bloomington Christian School for junior high and high school. It also has preschool thru 8th grade hosted by Calvary Chapel Rialto.

Rialto is also home to a private Catholic school (preschool thru 8th grade). St. Catherine of Siena Parish School is located on Sycamore Avenue.

The western portion of Rialto is served by Fontana Unified School District while the southern part of Rialto is served by Colton Joint Unified School District.


Rialto also was known as “Bridge City” features a somewhat cooler version of a Mediterranean climate. The climate is characterized as a Continental Mediterranean climate, which is known for wet, cold to chilly winters with hot, dry summers.

The particularly arid climate during the summer prevents tropospheric clouds from forming, meaning temperatures rise to what is considered Class Orange.

Fun Fact

The local Interstate 210 between Alder Ave and Linden Ave has been filmed for movies and TV.

The movie Transformers, 2007 Fox television show, Drive, the freeway scenes in The Hangover, Due Date, and several commercials by UPS and car companies have been shot there.

The television show Fear Factor used a portion of the then uncompleted highway 210 in Rialto for a stunt.